NEW PARIS — National Trail’s annual student College & Career Fair continues to be a success in 2017.
The event brings all NT high school students and all Preble County seniors to the National Trail high school gym to meet with potential employers, colleges, and industry leaders to learn about possible career paths.
Held on Thursday, Oct. 5, this year’s event featured colleges, local corporations, businesses, and military representatives, according to Greg Arnett. He added, while the career fair has been going on for more than 10 years, in the past four years the event has featured more colleges as the National Trail School Foundation wanted to include the education aspect into the event so every student need is met.
“College isn’t for everyone,” Arnett said. “Some people do well going into college, but I want these students to walk around knowing what options are about there for them both in Preble County and beyond it. There is a lot outside of farming and stuff. I want them to walk away knowing that there is a lot out there in the big world.”
Arnett is both a chemist with Cargill Corporation and on the board of the National Trail School Foundation, which helps present the the Career & College Fair.
“This event is always a huge success. In the past three years we’ve started bringing in all the county schools to National Trail and that has been fantastic,” he said. “It is great, because you have such a diverse group of kids from all the different schools and, obviously, the colleges like it better, because they can capture a bigger audience and so do the businesses.
“We have somewhere between 750-900 kids here today. The purpose of this is to expose students to the ability to find out what colleges are available and what they offer, in case they want to become a chemist or mathematician. Also, it is to find out what businesses do. For instance, my group represents mostly scientists, but you have welders here, lawn care people, and the health industry.
“This allows the students to come to us and ask what it takes to get our jobs and become a chemist or a welder or any other career they want to pursue. So, we’re exposing those kids at a younger age, so they know what it will take to get a career in that field.”
Arnett hopes the one thing the students take away from National Trail’s Career & College Fair is how to achieve their dreams. He wants them to leave the event knowing more about the career path they need to take and what steps are needed to get there. For Arnett, the goal is to promote education and student success.
“We would like to thank National Trail faculty for putting this on. Plus, the participation from the other area schools. Having them, like I said, has been a big success for us,” he added. “The National Trail School Foundation loves to be a part of this. We’re promoting education and that is what we want to do. “
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